Although the 20th-ranked University at Albany men’s lacrosse team boasts the nation’s top-rated offense, the Great Danes beat perennial power and 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins with defense, posting a 10-9 upset Friday night at Homewood Field.
Freshman goalie Blaze Riorden recorded 20 saves for the 7-3 Great Danes, who registered only their second win ever over the Blue Jays in 12 games. UAlbany’s other victory over Johns Hopkins was an 8-7 decision, also in Baltimore, in 2007.
UAlbany, which leads the nation in scoring at better than 15 goals per game, also defeated nationally ranked Syracuse in the season opener. The Danes have lost to three ranked opponents this season, Yale, Bucknell and Drexel.
“The defense forced Hopkins to take shots that a goalie should save,” said Riorden on his career day between the pipes. “Yes, I had 20 saves, but the defense played great as a unit, and they should be credited with some of those saves.”
Miles Thompson extended his point streak to 32 games with five points on three goals and two assists. Not far behind was his cousin Ty Thompson, who continued his point streak to 31 games with two points on two goals.
Miles Thompson started the scoring for UAlbany with two quick goals in a span of a minute and a half as the Great Danes took their first lead, 2-1, with 7:04 left in the first stanza.
Johns Hopkins (6-4) responded with three straight goals in a matter of three and a half minutes to grab what would be its largest lead of the game, 4-2. The Blue Jays used three different scorers during the run to finish off the quarter (Zach Palmer, Rex Sanders, Wells Stanwick.
In the second quarter, the Great Danes’ Tim Cox found a cutting Jimmy Haugen, who received the pass right in front of the net and sent a laser past Blue Jays goalie Pierce Bassett. UAlbany then used a Thompson-to-Thompson connection (Miles from Ty) to tie the game for the third time at 4-4 with 11:25 to play in the half.
Holden Cattoni tied the game for the fifth time at 6-6 to begin the fourth period.
Derrick Eccles’ impressive hustle play gave UAlbany a 7-6 lead with 12:45 remaining. Eccles began with a shot on net that was saved by Bassett. The saved bounced off Bassett, and the sophomore midfielder picked up the loose ball in front of the net and sent a shovel-like shot for his first goal of the game.
Stanwick put the team on his back and scored back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to one, 9-8. Johns Hopkins teammate Brandon Benn followed up with a one-timer from Lee Coppersmith to tie the game, 9-9, for the sixth time with 5:05 left.
UAlbany 2 2 2 4 — 10
Johns Hopkins 4 1 0 4 — 9
UAlbany scoring: Miles Thompson 3-2, Ty Thompson 2-0, Jimmy Haugen 1-1, Will Fuller 1-0, Derrick Eccles 1-0, Doug Eich 1-0, Tim Cox 0-1, Matt Garziano 0-1. Johns Hopkins scoring: Wells Stanwick 4-1, Zach Palmer 1-0, Brandon Benn 1-0, Rex Sanders 1-0, Holden Cattoni 1-0, John Greeley 1-0, Lee Coppersmith 0-1.
Goalies: UAlbany, Blaze Riorden, 20 save.; Max Huber, 1 save; Johns Hopkins, Pierce Bassett, 15 saves.
UNION 16, RIT 7
SCHENECTADY — Emily McGrail scored six times, and Maggie Comiskey chipped in with six points as the Dutchwomen crushed the Tigers at Frank Bailey Field.
McGrail added an assist, and Comiskey produced four assists to go along with her two goals for the Dutchwomen, who evened their overall record at 3-3 and improved to 1-2 in Liberty League play. RIT dropped to 2-1 and 7-3.
RIT 4 3 — 7
Union 13 3 —16
RIT scoring: Sage Sarkis 4-1, Holly Leone 1-0, Corinna Mandell 1-0, Marlee Vlassis 1-0, Loren Azlein 0-1. Union scoring: Emily McGrail 6-1, Maggie Comiskey 2-4, Brittany Fraser 2-1, Michele Guyette 2-0, Tory Cameron 1-1, Heather Fraser 1-0, Clara Dudeck 1-0, Haley Gould 1-0, Jessica Farland 0-1, Paige Smith 0-1.
Goalies: RIT, Katelyn Crane, 6 saves. Union, Kim Grinhaus, 8 saves.
ST. JOSEPH’S 19, SAGE 3
PATCHOGUE — Heather Ferchland scored seven goals on seven shots to propel St. Joseph’s over the Gators at Danzi Stadium.
Lisa Olen scored three times, and both Jessica Cordana and Jackie Myers had two goals apiece for St. Joseph’s (5-0 Skyline Conference, 8-3 overall).
Mallory Hansen scored two goals for the Gators (2-3 Skyline Conference, 4-6 overall).
Sage 1 2 — 3
St. Joseph’s 14 5 — 19
Sage scoring: Alexas Pajak 1-0, Mallory Hansen 2-0, Lindsay Millett 0-1. St. Joseph’s scoring: Heather Ferchland 7-0, Laura Graziose 1-0, Jessica Cordano 2-1, Caitlin Halloran 1-0, Lisa Olen 3-1, Jackie Myers 2-5, Erin Sullivan 1-0, Karalyn Tetelman 1-0, Kayla Saraniero 1-0, Gina Guardino 0-1, Danielle Dittmeier 0-1.
Goalies: Sage, Serena Heard, 6 saves. St. Joseph’s, Erin O’Connor, 0 saves; Colleen Fitzsimons, 0 saves.
RPI 16, SKIDMORE 9
TROY —Alissa Peterson found the net four times, and Shannon Maguire, Erin Riley and Rachel Scofield scored three goals apiece as the 18th-ranked Engineers improved to 3-0 in the Liberty League and 7-2 overall.
Skidmore 2 7 — 9
RPI 8 8 — 16
Skidmore scoring: Lexi Melville 4-0, Emma Harris 1-0, Spencer Morgan 1-1, Tess Mattimore 1-0, Peggy Healy 1-1, Robin Fetterolf 1-1. RPI scoring: Alissa Peterson 4-0, Michelle Denny 1-1, Shannon Maguire 3-1, Jamie Wakefield 1-1, Erin Rileyl 3-1, Rachel Scofield 3-0, Marissa Page 1-0, Lauren Miller 0-1.
Goalies: Skidmore, Shelby Witheford, 10 saves. RPI, Allie Arnal, 11 saves.